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For reasons we can’t begin to fathom, a few apps are hidden away in the Settings menu. An Organiser sub-menu gives you access to calendar, to-do list manager, alarm, a world clock, calculator, Bluetooth settings and the already noted ebook reader.

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The clasp is bulky
And that's the camera lens you can see on the side

The reader copes with text files only, and displays four to five rows of text at once - partial height rows are displayed. You can set bookmarks and search, but for all but the simplest of notes, it's not to be recommended – it just doesn’t show enough text at any one time.

The calendar lets you view tasks, but it is very simplistic and anyone who really needs to keep tabs on their schedule is going to want something more sophisticated than what’s on offer here. With no PC sync you have to manually set up every task on the phone, which is a tedious process.

You charge the watch using a micro USB connector which has a sliding cover. Battery life is quoted as 150-180 minutes of talk time and up to 100 hours on standby. A solid half day of usage after a full charge barely put a dent in the battery, but if you're going to rely on the Signature as your everyday watch, you’ll no doubt want to recharge it daily to be on the safe side.

Verdict

It's difficult to be kind about the Signature SWaP. It does do one job well: voice calls were remarkably clear at both ends of conversations. But it's hard to get excited about the remaining features. Video and stills photography are insultingly poor, the user interface is a fiddle to manage, and the watch itself is chunky to wear. The build is solid, but that and good call quality aren’t enough to lift the Signature out of the doldrums. ®

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